Leadership Archive

Kevin Durant: The Real MVP

Last night the NBA gave out the MVP award to Kevin Durant. He received an overwhelming 119 of 125 first-place votes to beat LeBron James. Durant fought back tears as he thanked each of his teammates individually. He mentioned every player and told them what they had meant to him.  He ended …

6 Shortcuts to Persuasion

In this animated video Dr. Robert Cialdini & Steve Martin go over the following 6 Principles of Persuasion: Reciprocity Scarcity Authority Consistency Liking Consensus They give concrete examples and case studies of their research and how it can be applied.  

The Gig City: Where Bandwidth is no Longer an Issue

What happens when technology meets creativity in Chattanooga, Tennessee? “The Gig City”. Thanks to a 1 Gigabit-per-second fibre Internet service, known as “The Gig”, all residents and businesses in a 600 square mile radius, will see an increase in bandwidth of 20-200x faster  removing the pipe limitations seen in most metropolitan …

Return to Pangaea: Has the Pendulum Swung Back?

Pangaea  was the super-continent that presumably existed during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras about 250 million years ago, before it split into the current configuration. The name was coined in the scientific discussion of Alfred Wegener’s theory of the Continental drift. Although the 6.8 people that inhabit planet earth do …

The Big Red X: Are You doing the Wrong Thing?

One of my favorite shows on television is The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. The show’s slogan is “Your Toolkit For Success.” On the show Donny interviews top achievers in various disciplines from athletics to business in effort to give you insight into the tools, the strategies, and the connections …

Creativity: The New Leader?

A modern Renaissance may have reached us in the early 21st century, and it just may be the time for us to capitalize on our own creativity. While we can learn from mentors and model their behaviors there will truly never be another you. With the amazing influx of technology …

Are You Inspiring Excellence?

Enjoy the  post below courtesy of Author: Donna Williams. It has great insights to leadership and 7 powerful tips to inspiring excellence. Of all the millions of decisions we make in our lifetimes, one of the most important ones has to be the decision to commit to excellence. When you …

Doubting Fear & Failure

I was intrigued by Andrew Waitman’s Money Talks column. In it he talks about a disease that inhibits growth of people in our society. A disease that does not kill the host but rather “actively works to infect all who come in contact with the host.” He says the disease …

New Relationships: Get that $#%* Out of Here

A couple of days ago I was sitting in the Millionaire Speaker Secrets event in Las Vegas when the host James Malinchak was recalling a story about playing in a college basketball game for the visiting team, the Cincinnati Bearcats, against the Louisville Cardinals. He got called into the game …

Seeing Through the Mind of Perception

If seeing is believing, and the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and any other cliche that you can think of, then perception is the key to opportunity.  “If the doors of your perception were cleansed”, to quote William Blake the famous English poet, everything would appear differently. …

Opportunity Is Now Here

How do you read this? OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE When I seen these life changing letters cluttered together (See the previous posts Opportunityisnowhere: How Do You See It? and Opportunity is Nowhere for back-story)  it was at a time in my life of great uncertainty. Not knowing what road to travel down, what …

Opportunity Is Nowhere

In the last post I asked readers and listeners to separate these letters: Opportunityisnowhere. How did you separate them? Did you separate the letters to read: Opportunity is nowhere? It is a despairing thought, indeed. It can be a saying for when you have thrown in the towel, and given …

Opportunityisnowhere: How Do You See It?

Openness, Passion, Persistence, Optimism, Responsibility, Thoughtfulness, Understanding, Nurturing, Intuition, Transparency, Youthfulness. Opportunity. Pieces of the puzzle and parts of the equation, these words are but samples of life and character. They are all a part of the equation; these words, and thousands of other expletives, expressions, and enablers. They equal …

Getting What You Want – Step 3 of 3

The third and final step in the process of getting what you want is review.  Similar to the first step, this step includes doing some critical thinking as well. But unlike the first step where you planned a future creation, the review step is about going back and analyzing what …

The Power of 11

Did you have a favourite number growing up as a kid? Mine was 11. I can still remember my first encounter with the number 11. When I was 6 years old my dad bought me a Gilbert Perrault jersey. Gilbert was an NHL hockey player who wore the number 11 …